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Predator snow or ice shields/covers

For the predator conversion guys.

I had a Honda hs55 here for a new auger belt so while I had it I poked around to see what Honda does to make their gx motors "snow" engines.

Turns out it is pretty simple. I know a home made shield can be made but an option to that would be to just buy the Honda ones.

I went out and bought a predator motor and put it side by side with the Honda. No surprise, very similar.

I then went into parts listings for the hs55 and I came up with a total of three parts that make the Hondas snow worthy.

It has one shield around the lower portion of the cylinder which predator motors already come with.

The second shield covers all the carb linkage to prevent governor problems.

The third part is the recoil. Is has about 1/3 less holes in it to keep the motor running warmer.

To make sure it would all work I went online and I bought the cover for the carb linkage. The lower one is there already and the recoil can be covered or left alone I haven't heard of any issues there.

The Honda control cover fits perfectly on the regular steel rocker cover predator or the cast aluminum rocker cover predator.

There is one catch. The predator gas tank vent tube feeds into the air cleaner assembly and the cover does not fit with the predator air cleaner assembly. It does on the older Honda air cleaner assembly. The Honda air set up with adding the vent tube is needed or modify the cover for the predator air cleaner

You have to buy the Honda air set up or modify the cover. The cover only does not fit because it has three holes for the air cleaner set up. One to go over the throat of the carb and two to allow fresh air in.

I believe the only modification necessary to make it work will be to cut the area of the three holes to a rectangle to sit over the predator air cleaner base.

I will get back to it this weekend. For now I will post a couple pics and part numbers.

The cover wasn't bad. I got a used one for $21 after shipping. I believe I saw them around that price for new without shipping.

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Pics and part number

For some reason I haven't been able to post more than one pic per reply, sorry

The Honda cover. Part number 16401-736-000
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A dark pic, sorry, of the Honda cover, older Honda air cleaner base and top with no filter installed on a new predator. I haven't put the gas tank vent tube anywhere yet.
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Which size Predator engine are these for ?
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These are for the 212 cc predator. I have part numbers for an 8 hp honda nut I can't say they will fit. I don't have a predator 301 or the cover. I bought the others just to check but the bigger ones are too expensive to buy just for a test.

I will finish fitting the covers and vent tube this weekend
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Also if you really want a winterized recoil just cut a piece of steel into a circle and tack it to the recoil. Best place to get steel is old appliances and believe it or not old electronics. I got a nice piece of sheet aluminum from an old cassette deck more than once, same thing with steel
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That why I didn't worry about the recoil and just figured I would show what it looks like. Any wrench turned worth their salt can seal up a recoil.
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